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Grateful Dead Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on 1980-01-13

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Grateful Dead Live at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on 1980-01-13

Topics Live concert

Jack Straw-> Franklin's Tower, Minglewood Blues, Tennessee Jed-> Looks Like Rain-> Don't Ease Me In, Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Not Fade Away*-> Sugar Magnolia*, E: U.S. Blues** Finale: Bridging the Gap***

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Location Oakland, CA

Source Soundboard
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Reviewer: fillmore bro - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2014
Subject: Great Time In OTown
This was a fun a show. Long wait in line in the rain. We had a tent built partied a bit, ate and finally got in. Very easy to move around as bands move in out. Nobody was uptight for permanent space. Loose GA show.

The Dead were very fun and clean. A Bobby night for vocal choices, but they shined as the head liner. Cipollina had great solo on Not Fade Away. He also had weird take on Sugar Mag. Carlos was lost on Sugar Mag,but smiling ear to ear. Jerry's git box work on the Baez ending folk stuff was very cool. Starship.Santana, and the Beach Boys did a good job as well. No gigs like this anymore.
Reviewer: REBLOCHON - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2010
Subject: historuic point
No the shah was not filiation of the emperor dynasty he was the just the son of a colonel who kill the last of the persean emperor

the dead show is fantastic

play dead everyday !
Reviewer: Katharsys - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2009
Subject: U.S. Muse
Jerry does indeed say "...That shook the hand/of P.T. Barnum, and the Shah of Iran." The shah of Iran had incidentally died earlier that year after that infamous hostage crisis. He was exiled from Iran and had pancreatic cancer which he tried to get treated in the US in 1979, the Iranians threw a fit and wanted him extradited back to Iran to go on trial for who-knows-what, and then stormed the U.S. Embassy and took all those hostages. This in turn spelled the end of poor Jimmy Carter's political carreer. In the end, the Shah was denied medical treatment and ended up dying in Egypt in early 1980 at the ripe old age of 60, the last of 2,500 years of Iranian monarchs. Interesting story.
P.T. Barnum and the Shah of Iran, two infamous rich guys now surely reincarnated as dung beetles or sewer rats. Karmas a bitch!
Anyway, great show, flat recording, 4 even. Peace.
Reviewer: Evan S. Hunt - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2009
Subject: Cambodian Refugee Benefit
This show is particularly poignant because it was the first show back into circulation for my good buddy Steve after making a miraculous recovery from a near fatal brain aneurysm which he suffered and endured over much of 1979. We were partying and celebrating his return to normal life. Imagine spending 4 months in intensive care.

Also significant, since this show is only an hour and a half, the GD were full of piss and vinegar and really kicked ass that night in Oakland.
Jerry's guitar had that squawky tone to it that I especially adore.

This sounds like a pre-FM board. I say that because the bass is super boomy, but it is not oppressive. There are also little sound jerks and fits, but overall, the sound is fine.

Also on the bill of faire that evening was the Jefferson Starship and the Beach Boys and although I don't recall a thing about their sets, they were both excellent. Their sets were both way too truncated due to the constraints of time. Nonetheless, brevity often makes us appreciate things more, I guess.

Surely was appreciative that night and in subsequent nights to come -- for many reasons.

Many years later I befriended a man from Cambodia who lived through the nightmare that befell his country. His entire family was murdered right before his eyes. It just goes to show what kind of pain the human spirit can endure.

5 stars for sentimental sensations.
Reviewer: 2decadeslate - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2006
Subject: u.s. blues
anybody else notice that jerry says "p.t. barnum, and the shah of iran" instead of charlie chan?
Reviewer: L. Rosley - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2006
Subject: Worth a listen
A nice show. Playing in the Band is the highlight for me. Not Fade Away and Sugar Magnolia are interesting with all the guitars, though I can't distinguish Santana.

The sound is generally pretty good, with a few exceptions. Better than most audience recordings.
Reviewer: shnaholic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2006
Subject: lol i thought i wrote a review for this years ago...
you need this show. EVERYONE needs this show. we call this the turnpike tape. hey now to mike and joel.
Reviewer: razorbitch - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 29, 2005
Subject: venue featuring Jefferson Strshp Santana Beach Boys
Great fun set. PITB was weirdly beautiful. My 12th show.
Reviewer: 3roin stones - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2005
Subject: Boy's are on!
I have'nt done many reviews and was not at this show-but i heard about it somewhere
Into my fourth listening and it just keeps getting better with a great Jack Straw to open followed by an even better Franklin's (which btw was a midieval landover of free but not noble birth-I always thought it was some guy's name) followed by one of the best Tenessee's I've heard.
Carlos,one of my top 5 geetar players plugs in on NFA and the interweaves with Jerry
Great overall sound and well deserving of the full five.
Agree with above-driving Minglewood which was never one of my faves-this version smokes.
This is the real deal folks-just too damned short!
Reviewer: Niass2 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2005
Subject: This show is too good to argue about
This show brings back memories, one of my first soundboards, obtained via my sister in 1982 due to some huge party. Anyways wish I could go to a show like this today. Please email me when you get one of those time machines and stop arguing about nonsense. Ever notice only men collect tapes mainly? Why do you think that is???
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 19, 2005
Subject: 1980 gem How can you question a 5 here??
Some really nice stuff on this JS>Franklins is wonderful and Phil get a shoutout for some great vibe laying and thumping away - this Franklins is a standout for a mixed year. This is a fierce Minglewood up there with 9/2 Rochester Mwood opener arguably the best show of the year. Tenn Jed great...LL Rain is tremendous... Seriously this is a hot show.... Dont ease they wail.

Listen to crowd clapping along with drums and then Carlos bust out in NFA - THIS IS REALLY GOOD.
Reviewer: realdeal - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2005
Subject: enjoyable
hey, come on, this is pretty enjoyable recording: i've heard soundboards that sounded more "compressed;" i've heard great audience tapes with dolby, even though it was a technology i thought subtracted more than it added. overall, the band seems on for this show. there are a few good brent highlights, unlike many shows in the first year after he joined, when he's mixed down, and unlike a lot of shows in this period of transition in which mostly Jerry's playing is adversely affected by too many substances.
Reviewer: Judah - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 18, 2005
Subject: DEADCLAAT!!!!
Okay I put up with a lot of opinionated doodoo from you Ron but now you are affecting the experiences of many other users other than meself. I do not enjoy being annoyed by anything including overly critical, opinionated, egocentric reviews... I think this recording is wonderful,,, and i agree that all the flaws mentioned by Ron "the geyser" Keyser are present. I even value the timely eruptions of blah blah blah the spew forth from your reviews Mr. Geyser. What I don't like is the idea that noone could possibly enjoy this show because you didn't like the click noise you heard @ 3 minutes into whatever you are listening to.
These recordings are not studio production recordings to be marketed and sold to a critical public. They are rather, a beautiful mark in time and memory... also have you ever really gotten into the flaws of a recording??? I know all these recordings (even studio ones) sound like they have flaws if i stop time while i'm listening to them... Dig?? or if i have imbided in certain tornado juices...
remember tornado juice???
Any way back to the show... very minor flaws, in my prideful opinion they deter from the show in no way. The recording over all is quite passible and enjoyable.
The music: It's the grateful dead... There are truely merits in every performance these boys did! This show touched someone's heart and soul and it changed their life...
And the Music Never Popped!!!
Reviewer: Lilypad - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2005
Subject: What about that dropout
Umm. I think that "dropout" in Jack Straw is actually the sound of one over-eager Phil wrecking something in his signal chain. Note that it begins immediately after a highly successful Phil bomb. Over the next thirty seconds, his signal is gradually resurrected that he might rejoin the ensemble (and as we listen on we wonder whether he is humbled by this little disaster!) Just a hunch.

Anyway, I enjoy this tape as a scrappy artifact of a goofy little show. Let us enjoy it for what it is.
Reviewer: utopian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 7, 2005
Subject: love this show!
One of the magic ones, but needs a source upgrade.
dropout in jackstraw and some other stuff.

Outstanding versions of Franklins. Jerry Parts the Waters midway through, remenicient of the finest moments of 79 Fall tour like 11-02-79, 11-25-79.

The Playin in the Band is extra sweet. The Not fade away has dueling guitar solos from Santana, and John Cippolina (sorry guys)and Garcia who stomps the old standard.

check it out
but where is the full version of this show? I seem to remember reading in the taping compendium that there was a slight bit more to the end of the show.

Reviewer: Smarcoresch - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2004
Subject: Yes, there was a little more to this show
I had an old bootleg of this show that included a Bobby intro at the beginning in which he thanks Joan Baez for putting the whole benefit together. And while tuning, in between Franklins and Minglewood, Bobby announced "It's a very special evening tonight, it's our drummer Billy's birthday. It's his 45th, he's getting pretty close to the big 5-O." Why Bobby says that, I am not sure, because Billy was 33 at the time. Also at the end of the Dead's set, the other performers join the Dead on stage for a final song Joan calls "Into the Gap," during which she introduces the members of the Dead, and Jerry responds in kind with a short, soft solo. An absolute gem.

There is a ton of energy in this non-traditional set that far exceeds any diminuition one might feel it suffers by a few drop-outs or pops and crackles. I agree the dynamic range somewhat falters, but a little EQ work is all it really needs. The mix, clarity and definition are great. This is a hot, hot show.
Reviewer: ouija - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 12, 2004
Subject: Popping Sound
Good Show.

The kick drum is eq'ed at the higher frequencies thus causing some cheaper midrange speakers to have a harsh pop or crackle when turned up at louder frequencies. It is quite annoying.

This show has been overly compressed and lacks dynamic range.

Overall good show. Sound Quality okay - better once remastered - but hard to salvage unless you are into that am radio sound :)
Reviewer: Ron Keyser - favorite - September 26, 2004
Subject: Lame!!!!!
This is a lame SBD. My notes from Disc 1 are... (I didnÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂt bother with disc 2... tossed the show in the trash can)
Track 1. Big Drop out in beginning of Jack Straw.
(That one I could live with... It was on my Cassette Copy I had back in 1984)
Track 2. Serious Crackle issues that are on a lot of these tracks. Starts around 6:30 into track and lasts a good bit of the rest of the song.
Track 4. Click or Tick sound at 1:01 Then lots of Crackle comes in as well as a drop out at 2:45
Track 5. Glitch at 1:12
Track 6. Speed variation at :20
also a drop out at 2:34
If you are picky about what you collect I wouldn't waste your time on this download.
If you like be annoyed with lots of noises throughout your listening experiences, this one is for you.
As for my connection, it was fine. The MF5's passed. I don't burn to disc with out anything else going on with my computer. The flaws I have mentioned ARE ON this source.
Reviewer: shaun_cassidy_rules - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 11, 2004
Subject: the full version
If I'm not mistaken, this *is* the full show.
It was part of a benefit concert with other acts, so the Dead didn't play a full two-sets-and-encore show.

First show of the '80s is pretty well-played. The guests are hot but Jerry is hotter.
Reviewer: gankmore - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 29, 2004
Subject: A great soundboard and an interesting show.
This is an interesting show, mostly because it doesn't follow a standard two set format. Lots of guests. Great high energy -- something seems to give the band a kick in the pants about 3 minutes into the Jack Straw, Jerry's fanning beautifully 4 minutes and thirty seconds into this tape)and it doesn't let up. Worth checking out.

*John Cipollina and Carlos Santana on Not Fade and Sugar Mag.

**with Greg Errico on US Blues.
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